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INVADERS FROM MARS - 2 Slimes
Rated PG
Copyright 1986 Cannon Pictures
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 27 December 2007

Capsule Review:    

A young boy watches an alien spaceship land behind his house, just over the rise of Copper Hill. He tells his dad about the ship and the old man wanders out back. When the father returns, he is acting strangely. Which reminds me, this movie is another reason I worry about having two sons. I am twice as likely to get into trouble. Granted, whatever mess they get me into will most likely involve a poisonous snake, falling off the roof, or a remote control helicopter - not something drilled into the base of my skull - but you never know.

Soon, other citizens are taken by whatever it is that is buried in the sand pit near Copper Hill. Anyone walking across the pit is sucked under the sand by a swirling whirlpool. They return with scabs on the back of their necks where mind control devices have been inserted and a kleptomaniac bent for anything copper (the invaders use it to generate energy).

The young lad convinces the school nurse to help him, and together they alert the nearby Marine base. Then the movie turns into a silly adventure with the Marines invading the underground tunnels and shooting Martians (that look like rotisserie cooked cornish game hen mutants). Among the Marines was a horrible casting mistake: James Karen as the Marine General, because he always sounds worried and whiney. Despite that, the Marines prevail. Just when you think the story finishes with a happy ending, the boy wakes up from his nightmare and it starts all over again.

Tobe Hooper's remake fails because it misses the point of the first. In the original, the protagonist was terrified of the power wielded by the adults, including those under the Martians' control. This time around, the main threat to the boy is a cartoony schoolteacher (Louise Fletcher). Heck, he even sneaks into the alien's spaceship, is seen, comes within easy reach of the Martian guards, and he still gets away.


Things I Learned From This Movie:  

Green Dot The key to global domination is the telecommunications industry.
Green Dot NASA leases its launch facilities from the U.S. Marine Corps.
Green Dot The correct way to check someone's pulse is to place two fingers on the back of their neck.
Green Dot Inserting a small needle into the back of a person's neck requires a massive drilling machine.

Stuff To Watch For:  

Green Dot 15 mins - Is that a toy Argo on the floor? If it is, where can I get one?
Green Dot 62 mins - Somebody has been playing "Breakout" on the launch computers.
Green Dot 66 mins - RANDOM ACT OF VIOLENCE AGAINST A PICKET FENCE!
Green Dot 73 mins - What are you doing? Stop! Arrgggghhh! Hey, why are all of you still alive?

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Re: Invaders from Mars (1986)
Reply #1. Posted on January 03, 2008, 05:40:38 PM by onionhead
Toby Hooper's remake looks slicker than the 1953 original, but lacks the aura of dread that the first film easily conveyed.  Sure the lead alien looked ridiculous--just a head in a goldfish bowl, basically--and the drones evoked more laughs than gasps what with the zipper-up-the-back velour jumpsuits; but what was truly terrifying was  the sense of helplessnes elicited by little Jimmy Hunt as David  Maclean as he witnessed (or did he?) a tableau of nightmare following the landing of an alien spacecraft on a dark and stormy night.  William Cameron Menzies, director of Gone with the Wind, skillfully used colors, shadows, and one creepy musical score to spin his yarn of paranoia--it was the fifties, after all--and though it has it's faults (beyond the goofy aliens, the climax is a l o oo o o oo oo ooo oo  o ooo oo ooooo ng race against the clock), it's one of the spookier flicks to come out of the bug-eyed-alien era.
Re: Invaders from Mars (1986)
Reply #2. Posted on December 19, 2009, 09:04:34 PM by diamondwaspvenom
A decent flick at best. I find that the aliens look more like a cross between a tyrannosaurus and a tick.
They invaded my school!
Reply #3. Posted on September 10, 2010, 11:57:58 PM by not quite my name
Believe it or not, the school used in the film was my elementary school. I was in the school at the time they filmed it. I had NO idea till many years later when I saw it playing on syfi. I think they must have done it during spring break. Another freaky thing is the main characters last name is a slight variation of my own last name - so it was pretty surreal watching this and hearing them yell his name all the time.
Re: They invaded my school!
Reply #4. Posted on November 22, 2010, 11:34:51 PM by JPickettIII
Believe it or not, the school used in the film was my elementary school. I was in the school at the time they filmed it. I had NO idea till many years later when I saw it playing on syfi. I think they must have done it during spring break. Another freaky thing is the main characters last name is a slight variation of my own last name - so it was pretty surreal watching this and hearing them yell his name all the time.

That is cool.  I got this movie in two pack from Wal-Mart.  Great movie.  A brain dead movie that you can set back and enjoy.

Great write up.

Later,

John
Re: Invaders from Mars (1986)
Reply #5. Posted on January 17, 2012, 11:19:26 PM by karate-ka
I just registered for an account on this website specifically for the reason to say THANK YOU! I have been trying to remember the name of this movie for quite some time now. I will definitely have to rewatch this sometime soon. I'm sure it won't seem that way now, but this movie literally scared the holy bejeebus out of me when I was a kid!
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